10 Movies To Watch On New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is right around the corner, and like everything else in 2020, it's going to look ... different.
While making it through this year certainly deserves a giant celebration with champagne toasts, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're left answering Frank Loesser's famous question, "What are you doing New Year's? New Year's Eve?" with a resounding "Not much."
Since you won’t be going out to a big party (hopefully), may we suggest you stay in with a romantic film that will fill your heart with something other than existential dread?
Scroll on for the best movies for your New Year's Eve "celebration."
About Time (2013)
This romantic comedy tells the love story of a time traveler and his girlfriend he set back in time to find. This one will surely set the tone for that sweet midnight kiss with your boo.
New Year's Eve (2011)
This movie is a Valentine’s Day/Mother’s Day situation that follows different plots that always end up interconnecting with a star-studded cast from Halle Berry to Zac Efron to Robert DeNiro. And if it wasn’t clear from the title, it follows the character’s on their own respective New Year’s Eve adventures. As equally cheesy as it is entertaining, this movie will not disappoint your romcom craving.
High School Musical (2006)
OK, hear us out on this one. There is nothing better than revisiting your favorite childhood movie (don’t lie) on New Year’s Eve—well other than all the things you wish you could do but can’t. Plus, the movie opens up on New Year’s Eve so it’s perfectly festive. The nostalgia will really set in when you see baby Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens on your screen.
Pop the bubbly, and sing along—you’ll be surprised how well you remember those lyrics.
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Just as we’ll all be doing very shortly, Bridget Jones sets a New Years' resolution to write her in diary more (better known as journaling these days). And her diary gets pretty interesting when her love life starts to heat up. This is a classic that you simply cannot watch too many times.
The Holiday (2006)
This feel-good, tear-jerking holiday rom-com will have you feeling ooey-gooey by midnight. The movie’s A-list cast—Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Jack Black—will take you on a festive journey to the countryside of England and the hills of Hollywood after two women switch homes for the holidays.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Get the tissues ready. The New Year’s Eve scene where Tom Hanks’s character imagines speaking to his late wife will have you in tears. And set unrealistic expectations that your soulmate is awaiting you at the top of the Empire State Building.
Sex and the City (2008)
The girls are finally settling down and a wedding to Mr. Big is in the future for Carrie. But her friends can’t help but wonder if this is the right move.
Spoiler: Miranda sabotages the wedding, and Mr. Big doesn’t show on the big day – leading to a lonely New Year's Eve for Carrie.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
An unexpected choice, but we all want to be in a galaxy far, far away from 2020. Buckle up for a galactic adventure with a touch of romance. (We see you, Luke and Leia!)
La La Land (2016)
Love Actually (2003)
This classic holiday movie follows nine different touching stories. Jammed packed with your favorite celebs, you’ll fall in love with each character. If you’re watching the ball drop alone this year, this movie will reassure you that love truly does exist!